Economist social media video

October 8, 2009 at 2:00 am 2 comments

The Economist has a rather nifty “Did You Know” video on social media. It’s US-centric but contains some interesting stats and facts for those of us into social media. Here are some interesting tidbits:

  • 2,000,000 TVs are in the bathrooms of Americans. Dudes, the bathroom is for bathing, cleaning your teeth – that sort of stuff – not for watching the latest episode of Mad Men, as tempting as this might be;
  • newspaper circulation is down 7 million in the last 25 years;
  • but in the last 5 years, unique readers of online newspapers are up 30 million.

And here’s the thing I thought was staggering – more video was uploaded to YouTube in the last two months than if ABC, NBC and CBS had been airing new content 24/7/365 since 1948 (which was the year ABC started broadcasting). Amazing.

Watch the video. Oh and if you don’t know what Rickrolling is, go here.

Entry filed under: Social media, Useful resources, YouTube.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Baoman  |  October 8, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    This is full of interesting facts. What I find even more interesting is that the Economist has so shamlessly used the style of Michael Wesch’s YouTube video “The machine is Us/ing us”. see –

  • 2. thinkingshift  |  October 8, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    nice linking Baoman and you’re right!! The video also failed to mention what’s happening in Asia. I saw a very interesting map the other day see –
    showing Asia’s dominant social networks. Interesting to see Friendster, Orkut and QQ battling it out with Facebook (which Australia is very clearly in the grip of).


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